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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Savielly Tartakower
"Tarta Cowers" (game of the day Dec-29-2012)
Offhand blitz (1911) (blitz), Coburg GER
Four Knights Game: Double Spanish (C49)  ·  1-0

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Dec-29-12
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  FSR: <morfishine> For another cool Nimzowitsch miniature, see Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914.
Dec-29-12
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  FSR: More Nimzo fun: Nimzowitsch vs Ryckhoff, 1910.
Dec-29-12
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  FSR: He wasn't too shabby in odds games, either: Nimzowitsch vs Leelaus, 1910 Nimzowitsch vs NN, 1910
Dec-29-12  DanielBryant: I seriously doubt I would have found 15.Qf6 over the board.
Dec-29-12
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  FSR: On 14...f5, White wins with 15.Qd5! Qf6 (15...Qd7 16.Qd4! intending 17.Qf6+!) 16.Bg5! c6 17.Qd2!
Dec-29-12  Kikoman: I will see this game over the board sooner or later.

*smirk*

Dec-29-12  Naugh: Poor Tartakower, he seems to have been the butt of many miniatures.
Dec-29-12  Travis Bickle: I don't think I ever seen such a demolition in so few moves! ; P
Dec-29-12  Kikoman: What a mating attack by White. :O

<17. Bxf7!!> Δ Re8+.

If 17. ...Qxf7 then 18. Qd8+ and mate follows.
If 17. Rxf7 then 18. Qh8+ mate. :O

Dec-29-12  12.12.12: overwhelming lead in development + commanding space advantage = pretty crush
Dec-29-12
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  FSR: <Travis Bickle: I don't think I ever seen such a demolition in so few moves! ; P >

Tartakower's been smashed faster than that: Reti vs Tartakower, 1910. So has Lasker, and in a tournament game: H Caro vs Lasker, 1890. And then there's Yermolinsky vs E Tate, 2001.

Dec-29-12  Abdel Irada: Incredibly, and in spite of his dubious opening play, I think Black can escape with only slight disadvantage after 11. ...c6.

Play might continue 12. Qd6, Be7 13. Bg5, Bxd6 14. Bxd8, c5 with near-equality. (Black can also consider 13. ...f6, although it looks awfully fishy after 14. Bf4.)

Dec-29-12
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  beatgiant: <Abdel Irada>
I agree that <11...c6> is a lot better than the game line, but why would White exchange queens in this situation? He could play simply 12. Qd6+ Be7 <13. Qg3> d5 14. Bd3 with what looks like more than a slight edge to me.
Dec-29-12  Abdel Irada: In either case, White retains a clear positional edge, but Black at least need not have been obliterated.
Dec-29-12
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  kevin86: Sharp double pin at move fifteen!

Tarta sure loses some brilliant games,true?

Dec-29-12
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  Gilmoy: This pun is really mean! :handsonhips: Y'all stooping to the low fruit.

AN (sotto voce): some games title themselves

ST (from across room): I heard that!

Dec-29-12
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  perfidious: As <FSR> noted, nothing wrong with either 4....Bb4 or 4....Nd4, but both have their drawbacks if Black is playing for a win and White, rather less so.

After 4....Bb4 5.0-0 0-0, White can play 6.Bxc6 (Opening Explorer) and avoid the intricacies of such lines as the Metger Unpin.

Rubinstein's 4....Nd4 is a more enterprising try, but if White wishes, there is always 5.Nxd4 exd4 6.e5 dxc3 7.exf6, when it is generally regarded as hazardous to snatch the pawn on offer with 7....cxd2+, though Black won the following game in this (P Lewin vs Adams, 1999) after 8.Qxd2. The natural 8.Bxd2 looks stronger; indeed, White has done well after the move, and in my opinion, has an easier game to play.

White's score in this DB after 7.exf6 Qxf6 is minus; without delving into particulars of all the 200+ games in this DB, my suspicion is that weaker players have often played into this (very drawish) line in attempts to gain their desired outcome.

Dec-29-12
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  perfidious: As <FSR> noted, nothing wrong with either 4....Bb4 or 4....Nd4, but both have their drawbacks if Black is playing for a win and White, rather less so.

After 4....Bb4 5.0-0 0-0, White can play 6.Bxc6 (Opening Explorer) and avoid the intricacies of such lines as the Metger Unpin.

Rubinstein's 4....Nd4 is a more enterprising try, but if White wishes, there is always 5.Nxd4 exd4 6.e5 dxc3 7.exf6, when it is generally regarded as hazardous to snatch the pawn on offer with 7....cxd2+, though Black won the following game in this (P Lewin vs Adams, 1999) after 8.Qxd2. The natural 8.Bxd2 looks stronger; indeed, White has done well after the move, and in my opinion, has an easier game to play.

White's score in this DB after 7.exf6 Qxf6 is minus; without delving into particulars of all the 200+ games in this DB, my suspicion is that weaker players have often played into this (very drawish) line in attempts to gain their desired outcome.

Dec-29-12  Jambow: Rather romantic era looking game from the hypermodern innovator and writer. Nice game though pin to win!
Dec-29-12  Abdel Irada: <indeed, White has done well after the move, and in my opinion, has an easier game to play.>

Yesterday
White had such an easy game to play,
But now it's not half the opening it used to be.
Oh, White longs for yesterday-ay-ay.

Dec-30-12
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> Might Kasparov have hummed that version when reviving such open games as the Evans and Scotch? We shall never know.
Dec-30-12  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: <Abdel Irada> Might Kasparov have hummed that version when reviving such open games as the Evans and Scotch? We shall never know.>

On the other hand, we can be virtually certain he hummed *something* after opening (and draining) a bottle each of scotch and Evan Williams.

Jan-09-16  TheFocus: A blitz game played during some free time during the Karlsbad 1911 tournament.

See <Deutsche Scachzeitung>, March 1914.

Jan-10-16  RookFile: 11....d5 is worth a thought, shedding a pawn. It gives black time to get his pieces into the game or trade queens. Clearly white is playing for the win but anything beats getting murdered in a few moves.
Oct-29-19  ferrabraz: 16. Bf7!
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